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KPDSB Sees Enrolment Growth for Second Year in a Row: Credits Innovative Programs and Front-Line Staff

09 Nov. 2016

Media Release - November 9, 2016

The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board, for the second year in a row is pleased to report increased student enrolment, both in projection and across the system. The Board credits several factors for the increase in enrolment including its expansion of innovative student-based programs that increase student engagement, the efforts of front-line school staff to put the needs of students first, and the reinforcement of high expectations for all. Director of Education Sean Monteith also credited the tireless efforts to work in partnership with major First Nation Organization partners such as the Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN), Seven Generations Educational Institute, and Keewaytinook Okimakanak (KO) as positively contributing to the enrolment increase in the KPDSB.

In 2016, the KPDSB continued to improve on Graduation rates for Indigenous students, expand alternative education programs for all students, and focus in on intensive kindergarten and early learning programing, all of which have contributed to increased enrolment numbers.

Budgeted enrolment for the 2016-2017 school year was 4,832 students.  Current enrolment for the KPDSB is 4,968, 136 students above the projected or budgeted enrolment (49 students above budget in elementary and 87 students above budget in secondary).

Schools with the greatest increases in enrolment include:

  • Beaver Brae Secondary School in Kenora – 41 students above budget
  • Queen Elizabeth District High School in Sioux Lookout – 24 students above budget
  • Dryden High School – 32 students above budget
  • New Prospect Public School in Dryden – 22 students above budget
  • Sioux Mountain Public School in Sioux Lookout – 19 students above budget
  • Ear Falls Public School – 11 students above budget

Sean Monteith, Director of Education, said “The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board engaged in a significant enrolment strategy three years ago, that called on all staff to make the “student priority”, our main priority, and to do whatever it took to engage our learners in every way possible so that they could succeed in school. More importantly, we asked everyone to look at how we met the needs of students that encouraged out-of-the-box and innovative thinking; the KPDSB Hockey Academy program is just one example of such thinking. Today is a good day for the KPDSB.”

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Employment Opportunity - Superintendent of Education and Human Resources

04 Nov. 2016

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Hockey Canada Skills Academies officially underway following unprecedented expansion

01 Nov. 2016

Media Release - November 1, 2016

Photo Caption: Kenora area Hockey Canada Skills Academy students with donated hockey equipment from Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities and Reebok.

The KPDSB’s Hockey Canada Skills Academies (HCSA) are officially underway in schools across Northwestern Ontario.  To date, nearly 800 students (elementary and secondary) are enrolled in our HCSA in the communities of Dryden/Vermilion Bay, Ignace, Kenora, Red Lake/Ear Falls, and Sioux Lookout for the 2016-2017 school year (enrolment in the HCSA in October 2015 was 300 students).

Our HCSA offer students a multitude of opportunities under the guidance of experienced coaches who are also qualified teachers (please click here for more information on our coaching staff).  Classroom and school based staff continue to report increased engagement and improved attendance for students involved in the academies.  Teachers and coaches are also seeing an increase in students’ self-confidence, as well as a willingness to challenge themselves as students and athletes, a heightened feeling of belonging and community from being a part of a team, development of important skills to help balance both school and sport, and improved awareness of the importance of physical activity and healthy eating habits.

The expansion of the HCSA for the 2016-2017 school year would not have been possible without the support of our staff, the families of our students, our communities and municipalities, and a large number of organizations and volunteers who donate their time and resources to support the program. 

Dave Tresoor, HCSA Lead for the KPDSB, stated “We are completely overwhelmed by the generosity shown to our Hockey Canada Skills Academies to help students who want to play the game, whether for the first time or as a returning player.  Thank you from all of us at the KPDSB to every individual, volunteer and organization who stepped up to support this program and ultimately, our students.  To see the growth of the academies over the years has been tremendous and we are excited about the future of the program.”

Tresoor added “We especially want to thank Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities for their support.  Hundreds of KPDSB students have been given the opportunity to participate in sport through their efforts to help us remove barriers that might otherwise prevent a child from playing.”

Donations of hockey equipment and other supports have also been received from Triple Play (Kenora), the Mayor’s Committee for Children and Youth (City of Dryden), Knobby’s Kids Hockey (Frank Spry), The Tate Group Inc. (Stan Flemming), and Bamaji Air, as well as Kevin Berube and Christine Bauermann and the parents the of the GTKL’s North York Knights Minor Midget AA team.  Individual donations have also come in from families and community members across the board area.

About Hockey Canada Skills Academies

The KPDSB’s Hockey Canada Skills Academies are designed to challenge and inspire all students who participate. They are a complete program that includes education, on-ice skills, off-ice strength and conditioning, mental training, and personal and team development. On-ice sessions include hockey fundamentals such as skating, puck handling, checking, passing, and tactics. When students are not on ice they are exposed to sport specific fitness training, floorball, stick handling and shooting.

Background

Hockey Skills Academies in the KPDSB started in 2012 at Beaver Brae Secondary School in Kenora with 23 students in grades 10-12.  The 2015-2016 school year was the first year we offered fully accredited Hockey Canada Skills Academies to students in both elementary and secondary schools in Dryden, Kenora and Sioux Lookout with approx. 300 students participating.  The 2016-2017 school year saw further expansion of the HCSA into Ignace, Red Lake, Ear Falls and Vermilion Bay with approximately 800 students now enrolled in the program. 

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KPDSB and KOBE sign partnership agreement

24 Oct. 2016

Media Release - October 24, 2016

The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board (KPDSB) and the Keewaytinook Okimakanak Board of Education (KOBE) are pleased to announce the signing of a new partnership agreement to enhance educational services and opportunities for students and staff.  The agreement was signed with KO Chiefs’ representation and senior leadership together, prior to their meeting with senior officials at Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) and Ministry of Education senior staff.

The new partnership agreement is guided by shared principles, including: the belief that all students deserve high quality, exemplary education experiences and outcomes; the recognition that each organization has inherent strengths and expertise that can be shared and leveraged for the mutual benefit of all students and staff; and acknowledgement of the definition of education as it relates to KOBE territory schools with respect to their inherent right and autonomy over education.

Areas of focus identified in the partnership agreement include new teacher support and capacity building, 21C teacher and learning supports, special education, literacy and numeracy supports, adult education, and principal mentoring and capacity building.  Also included in the agreement is a pilot project starting in Dryden that will see students from KO communities’ transition into area high schools where they will be provided with academic programing to meet their needs in a safe environment.

Sean Monteith, KPDSB Director of Education, said “This formal agreement with Keewaytinook Okimakanak Board of Education and the Northern Chiefs that represent its six communities, reflects not only two years of tireless and committed work behind the scenes; it also represents the best in partnership in Northern Ontario, unprecedented in scope and relationships. With this signing, the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board now opens itself to the schools and staff of KO. It is truly a historic day for all who believe in Northern Children.”

Darrin Potter, KOBE Director of Education, added “We are excited about the shared experiences this partnership will provide for students and staff in both boards. First Nations’ Education has too long been disadvantaged by funding levels and opportunity.  We are hoping this agreement will give our students added support to reach their potential as any student should, regardless of where they live.” 

Background

Keewaytinook Okimakanak (KO) represents the educational interests and provides services to approximately 1200 federally funded pupils in the following communities: Deer Lake First Nation, Fort Severn First Nation, Keewaywin First Nation, McDowell Lake First Nation, North Spirit Lake First Nation and Poplar Hill First Nation. KO also operates the Keewaytinook Internet High School (KIHS), a virtual school serving secondary students.  For more information, visit http://www.kochiefs.ca/.

The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board is a large regional public education provider, operating both elementary and secondary schools for both provincially and federally funded pupils, as well as adult learners, in Northwestern Ontario.  Over 5000 students and approximately 1000 adults are served in Upsala, Ignace, Savant Lake, Pickle Lake, Sioux Lookout, Dryden, Vermilion Bay, Ear Falls, Red Lake, Kenora and Sioux Narrows.  For more information, visit www.kpdsb.on.ca.

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EQAO Online OSSLT cancelled due to technical issues

20 Oct. 2016

Letter to families of students writing the online OSSLT test today:

As you know, today school boards across the province attempted to hold a province-wide trial of the EQAO online testing system.  EQAO has since announced the test was cancelled due to significant technical issues. 

We wanted to ensure that the families of our students know that we recognize that our students fully prepared for the OSSLT today; that they all took it very seriously, were prepared academically and were in the mindset to fully participate in today’s writing.  The teachers who proctored the tests indicated that our students, your children, were very patient and made the most of the situation.

We have not yet been made aware of what exactly happened on EQAO’s end that resulted in the technical issues and cancellation of the test, but have sent our concerns to EQAO as a school system.  We will continue to wait for further details from EQAO as to what happened, what the next steps are and if or when there will be a further opportunity for students to write the OSSLT.

Families of students with questions about the cancellation of the test are encouraged to visit www.eqao.com for more information.

 

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